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I've moved into a smaller room and would like to maximize my space. I've decided to build a new bed frame, but for that to work how I would like I would need to eliminate my box-spring as it would make the bed too high.

I currently have a standard mattress, with a box-spring, on a metal frame. If the new bed frame has a solid enough foundation, could I eliminate the box-spring?

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A lot of bed warranties require that you utilize the correct box for your mattress, otherwise the warranty will be void. –  Steve May 10 '12 at 12:08
Box springs are like rust coatings at car dealers. They server no real purpose other than to increase profits of the seller. –  DA01 May 10 '12 at 14:17
@DA01 I disagree. I've slept on beds with and without and I always prefer with. Personal preference but I don't think they exist just to sell you something. –  Steve May 10 '12 at 14:44
Personally, I agree with DA01. And I like the fact that our bed is lower to the floor without one. In fact, our mattress lies directly on the floor, with no box spring at all. This was done some years ago when our dog was getting old, but we have chosen to leave it that way. It is entirely personal preference. –  user558 May 10 '12 at 15:11
Definitely buy what you find comfortable. My only point is that there's a huge amount of markup and unnecessary features in the mattress industry. A little bit of research goes a long way to not over paying. –  DA01 May 10 '12 at 17:27

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No one in Europe uses box springs. They use slats or wire mesh, and lay mattress on that. Box springs are just a nest for bugs ! Go and buy a Euro bed at IKEA, less cost, less space, and no bug nest !

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Box springs help evenly distribute pressure on the mattress not just while laying but also when you're getting on/off the bed resulting in concentrated pressure points. They are for the most part, very firm and yield only the slightest bit. Most box strings don't even consist of springs at all. They normally consist of cheap flexible wood, thin upholstery batting, and cardboard. Without a box spring you run a higher risk of popping a spring in your mattress. The thickness of a box spring is only for decoration while the functional properties could be reduced to a much smaller design.

Slats are typically used with mattresses that don't have springs (coils). If you want to go the slat approach and have a mattress with springs, I'd strongly suggest using a thin yet strong sheet like material over the slats. Something like plywood or faux wood paneling.

Take these concepts into mind whilst building your new frame and you should be perfectly fine without a traditional box spring.

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Instead of using plywood or faux wood paneling to cover the slats, we used a sheet of pegboard. The advantage was that it allows the mattress to breath. –  pdd May 14 '12 at 20:41
@pdd, That's a great idea! –  used2could May 16 '12 at 13:54

I have a friend that has sold furniture for years. He has told me that box springs can change the firmness of a mattress drastically. So, if you want to buy a firmer mattress, just remove the box spring instead.

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Yes. You can use slats instead of a box-spring. It will be a LITTLE bit stiffer, but it's perfectly fine and you'll love how your bed squeaks less. Here's a pic from an Ikea bed frame assembly guide - just as an example:

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And add some type of thin board over the slats as suggested in the other answers. –  Ken May 16 '12 at 18:02
From Going to the Mattresses: "Many Europeans use platform beds without box springs. Do you hear them complaining?" –  Joshua Drake Nov 6 '12 at 11:53
Many Americans also use platform beds without box springs and are perfectly happy with this setup. Me for one. My lady's another, though she's using a futon mattress on the platform rather than an American-style one. "If it happens, it must be possible." –  keshlam Dec 4 '14 at 1:18

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